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Address: French Polynesia
Description: This grotto features a lake of black water that creates an optical...
This grotto features a lake of black water that creates an optical illusion - the cave appears much smaller than it actually is.
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A quick stop for nice photos

Visiting the Maraa Grotto is easy as it is on the main road circling the island. It is worth stopping and taking photos of beautiful scenery.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
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Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Visiting the Maraa Grotto is easy as it is on the main road circling the island. It is worth stopping and taking photos of beautiful scenery.

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Costa Mesa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This grotto is very pretty and was like nothing I have seen before. It is worth seeing and you should bring your bathing suit or wear it to go in the water. Free admission. There is a beach across the street for picnicking.

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It's right on the main road of Tahiti Nui (big island), southwest corner, PK 28.5. Good parking lot for cars and bikes. Easy, very short walk past small grottos and to one very large, super cool grotto that is set up for swimming in its deep, refreshing, clean water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

The Maraa Grotto can easily be seen off the side of the main highway on your drive to Papara. Here you will be delighted by every tropical flower and plant you see- ginger, heliconia, ti, hibiscus, tropical vines ... A real jungle of ferns and flowers. As you take the short walk on the trail, you will come across the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

When I landed in Tahiti I was lucky enough to get this amazing cab driver named Popo. She gave me the skinny on a lot of things and so I hired her to take me around the island. She is a wealth of information and I saw so many incredible things. However my favorite is the Grotto. Be sure to... More 

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Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We stopped at the Fern Grotto as part of an island tour. Just a short walk from the parking lot. The cave is a good size and was filled with water when we visited. Interesting to see the vegetation and take a few photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The cave is moderately large and there may be a lot of water, depending on recent rainfall. As most tourists traveling by car will drive right by, it is certainly worth a visit. Gaugin reportedly liked to swim here and use it as a bath tub, so those interested in places associated with him will definitely want to stop by.

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Papeete
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The caves are often closed but you can still get quite close to see the inside. The gardens are well maintained and there is parking out the front. Worth stopping.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I went with my wife to Tahiti (we are both from the U.S) and we happened to see signs for this place off the road. There is a place for people to park their car just off the road. We walked along the pebble path and found the grotto in about 2 minutes. Check my pics. We took some pics... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Maraa Grotto is at Pk 28.7 on the west coastal road and usually included on many circle island tours. It is just past the village of Papara. Paul Gauguin bathed here and it has been the site of baptisms in the past. Overhanging vegetation is constantly raining down onto the pool which is a remarkable bright blue colour considering... More 

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Address: Address: French Polynesia
Location: South Pacific  >  French Polynesia  >  Society Islands  >  Tahiti

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